DIY Playhouse makeover: A ONE weekend project

My parents gifted the Seaside Cottage Playhouse for my two year old’s birthday and let me tell you how EXCITED she was to receive it! For two years, it has been the epicenter of imaginative play every single warm, sunny day and has brought my kids so much joy.

My kids can spend hours in this little playhouse with almost no arguing or fighting, so I think it’s safe to say I love it [almost] as much as they do!

After a few years of weathering the heat, snow, and occasional hail storm, it was starting to look a little rough. Plus, it just never really fit our style. So just like that, I had a weekend project planned for the next sunny day!

With a few coats of paint, two $8 wood boxes from Michaels, and solar powered hanging lights, this plain looking playhouse was transformed into a cute farmhouse.

Want to transform your playhouse? Here’s what you’ll need!

  • A roof color: We went with gray rather than black to help keep the house cooler in the summer. We used Rust-Oleum 12 oz. Satin Stone Gray General Purpose Spray Paint.
  • An accent color: The awning on our house had faded into a light purple, so the accent color was pretty easy to choose: light purple! We used Rust-Oleum 12 oz. Satin French Lilac General Purpose Spray Paint.
  • A base color: Again, to keep the house cool, we went with white. We spray painted most of the house and touched up with basic white exterior paint. We used Rust-Oleum 12 oz. Semi-Gloss White General Purpose Spray Paint.
  • Planter boxes: Our playhouse came with plastic planter’s boxes. I originally spray painted them the same purple as the door, but after I held it up to the house, I realized it just cheapened the whole look. Because I wanted to keep this project quick and easy, I decided to buy new planter boxes from Michaels. However, you could easily make your own if you’ve got the time (and tools)! We used these wood pallet boxes from Michael’s.
  • Faux flowers (or real ones if you’ve got the patience and memory to keep them alive)
  • Solar-powered hanging lights: To match the lights we have on our own house and to add a little lighting for those summer nights, we added hanging lights. We have great sunlight because our backyard faces south, so we went with solar-powered lighting. Not only do we have to not worry about the additional cost of powering the lights, we also never have to remember to turn them on or off! YIPEE! Here are the lights we used.

We’ll likely renovate the inside of the playhouse, but still brainstorming ideas for what that should look like… more to come on that later!

What projects are keeping you busy this summer? Have you had success renovating a playhouse? Share / comment below!

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